- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Last week, wide receiver Paul Elvira (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) told everyone and anyone who would listen at his high school that the Arizona Wildcats were about to take down the USC Trojans. He had one supporter -- teammate and fellow Arizona commit Maurice Lee.
This could be one of the few times a high school student genuinely looks forward to a Monday morning in the fall.
"It was great, finally beating USC since I don't know how long," Elvira said. "Seeing the guys go out and compete with USC and beat them was really exciting. All the commits in the stands were getting goosebumps knowing that it will be us down there next year."
Elvira said Arizona commitments at the game numbered into the double digits, and included wide receiver Nate Phillips (Chandler, Ariz./Basha) and linebacker DeAndre Miller (Buckeye, Ariz./Buckeye Union). The number of recruits climbed much higher when the uncommitted in-state recruits were added. Elvira's 2014 teammate Dominque Fenstermacher took in the game, as did 2013 standout wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) and 2014 tight end Matt Bushman (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino). Two ESPN Watch List prospects were on hand as well in wide receiver Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) and offensive tackle Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino).
Mike commented again about how rowdy the student section was during one of his visits. The big offensive tackle has been in attendance for virtually all of Arizona's home games this season.
But the students weren't the only ones getting worked up in the student section. Arizona's committed recruits were building some excitement of their own.
"We were forming a pretty good group in the student section," Elvira said. "We know how talented we are and we were talking about how fun it will be to be on the same team next year."
With plenty of wide receivers to keep an eye on during the game, Elvira said he was pleased with what he saw out of Arizona's duo of Austin Hill and Dan Buckner.
"Those are two of my favorite receivers," Elvira said. "They are all great route-runners and can catch the ball. The Arizona hurry-up offense is what our [high school] offense is right now, so it's exciting to see all the receivers doing a lot of the same things I'm doing. It's great to see that a lot of the routes and signals seem to be the same. It's going to be fun to go in there and do what I do best, which is catch the ball."
With two home games remaining on Arizona's schedule, Elvira is excited to get back to see the Wildcats in action. Although he'd actually prefer if he wasn't in attendance for the biggest game in the state, as Arizona hosts Arizona State.
"That's on a Friday, and the same day as the state championship game," Elvira said. "So I'm actually hoping that I won't be able to go to that game."